I didn’t want us to be that family. You know the one: kids nitpicking over Mom and Dad’s stuff, nickel and dime-ing each other to death. Family ties being re-defined in terms of spreadsheets and dollars and cents.
I didn’t want us to be like that and for the most part we haven’t been since Mom and Dad died in 2013.
But recently something’s changed, something I’m not proud of.
I’ve become what I’ve so despised and judged in others — someone who cares about money, or the lack thereof.
What’s changed? Let me count the ways…
2/29/16 – $622.11 – AutoNation
4/19/16 – $419.46 – Spartan Motors
4/21/16 – $1488.34 – Rincon Truck Center
5/10/16 – $204.98 – Jimmy’s RV Repair
5/10/16 – $94.00 – Amazon
5/16/16 – $750.81 – EPDM Coatings
5/24/16 – $332.29 – Spartan Motors
5/24/16 – $860.70 – Cummins
6/2/16 – $150 – Gary
Add on another grand or so for E & M Auto Repair for Pegasus and to re-fix my car’s air-conditioning, the same A/C that AutoNation “fixed” back in February. A/C is good to have when it’s 90+ degrees.
What do the ubiquitous “they” say — when it rains it pours? Consider me drenched already.
So, what to do? Run for cover, find someplace dirt cheap to live, hope that major expenses are behind me. And start making money.
And so yesterday, I asked Gary about his experiences working for Amazon — they hire RVers for the Christmas season. He’s done it for several years. And I navigated to the Workamping for Amazon CamperForce website.
But, even as I clicked my way through the online application, it didn’t feel right. I withdrew my application halfway through the process. Nevertheless, I signed up for a free jobinar on the CamperForce program for June 14, Teri’s birthday, Flag Day. Dad used to tell Teri that people flew the American Flag just for her.
So, Amazon is out. What’s “in”?
What does my heart say?
– Work on your book
– Continue to teach yoga
– Post more of your t-shirt designs
And so that is what I will do.
In the past, I’ve avoided saying “I can’t afford it.” As we all know, we can afford to do what we want to do. And, often, as in the case of my yoga teacher training, when we’re on the right track the money magically appears to supports us. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience.
I don’t want money dictating my life.
Let it pour.